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Watch Darren Shan Online, For Shivers Down Your Spine

Posted at 5:11PM Thursday 17 Jan 2013

Award winning horror writer Darren Shan is to take part in a live internet broadcast to thousands of children across the UK on Thursday 24th January.

Brave fans of Darren's chilling books are invited to tune in as he answers questions about his life as an author and treats them to an exclusive reading from the second book in his popular Zom-B series. Edgy, confrontational and punchy, Zom-B brings together all the classic Shan trademarks that have turned him into a global writing superstar.

The free Authors Live event, run by Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning, will streamed live on the BBC Scotland Learning website on Thursday 24th January at 11am. Authors Live is funded by Creative Scotland.

Darren published his first children's book, Cirque du Freak, written as a fun side-project, in January 2000. It attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before. His latest project is the teenage 12-book Zom-B series, where a new book is released every three months. To find out more about Darren Shan visit his website:www.darrenshan.com

Commenting on the event, Darren said:

"I can't wait to do my Authors Live event! It will be the largest audience that I have ever addressed directly."

Jasmine Fassl, Children's Programme Manager at Scottish Book Trust, said:

"Darren is undoubtedly one of the best Young Adult authors around right now. His clever blend of horror, fantasy and realism has readers hooked from the very first page, and we're delighted to be able to give his legion of fans the opportunity to find out what inspires him and what he plans to write next."

Aly Barr, Development Officer at Creative Scotland, said:

"The talents of award winning horror writer Darren Shan are sure to capture the imagination of young people across Scotland. The Authors Live programme provides a fantastic opportunity for young readers to meet authors and discuss their work, really bringing the books to life. The programme provides wonderful opportunities for writers to reach new audiences who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience their work."

The award-winning Authors Live programme is an exclusive series of authors' events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's leading children's writers. Run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland's leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and BBC Scotland Learning, the programme was the first of its kind in the UK. Anyone can sign up to watch and it is completely free.

Darren will be the sixteenth author to take part in the Authors Live programme, which began in March 2010 with poet Michael Rosen, followed by author of The Gruffalo and Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. The programme has also seen events from world class authors David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, which have been watched by over 600,000 children across the UK.

All the events are available to watch again at www.bbc.co.uk/authorslive and http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/authors-live/on-demand.

Notes to Editors:

•Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to over 10 million people worldwide. www.scottishbooktrust.com

•Events are streamed live from BBC Scotland Learning website www.bbc.co.uk/authorslive and can also be watched on-demand. The videos have now been watched again by nearly 300,000 people in 153 different countries around the world.

•Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. www.creativescotland.com

For all Press queries, please contact Helen Croney, PR Manager: helen.croney@scottishbooktrust.com - 0131 524 0175 – 07751 69 58 54

www.scottishbooktrust.com




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